Case Farms Poultry Workers Demand Basic Dignity — Bathroom Breaks

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Media Contact: Hunter Ogletree | 828-575-3830 | hunter@wncworkerscenter.org

MORGANTON, NC (August 14, 2017) — Responding to widespread reports from employees of the Case Farms poultry processing plant in Morganton, those same employees have launched a campaign to win the right to use the bathroom at work.

On Monday, August 14, those workers, alongside the Western North Carolina Workers Center, Interfaith Worker Justice, and other allies will demonstrate and share testimony about experiencing this indignity in front of the Case Farms plant and deliver a letter to Jason Arnold, a Case Farms manager, demanding a reasonable policy for employees to access the bathroom during their shift and fair and swift implementation of that policy.

OSHA has a “sanitation standard” (29 CFR 1910.141(c)(l)(i)), which “requires employers to provide their employees with toilet facilities.” In a legally binding memo in 1998, OSHA clarified that “this standard requires employers to make toilet facilities available so that employees can use them when they need to do so.”

Case Farms employees have been organizing for more than a year to force management to comply with this health and safety standard.

WHAT: Demonstration at Case Farms plant in Morganton and letter delivery to the plant manager.

WHEN: Monday, August 14 at 12pm ET.

WHERE: Case Farms Poultry Processing Plant, 121 Rand St., Morganton, NC 28655

SPOKESPEOPLE: Available for comment will be employees of Case Farms  who are leading this campaign, as well as organizers from Western North Carolina Workers Center, Oxfam America, and Interfaith Worker Justice.

VISUALS: Crowd of Case Farms employees and allies with bright shirts and colorful signs in front of the Case Farms plant during the plant’s lunch break.

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